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JD Teitelman's Fundraiser:

33 Coats for My 33rd Birthday

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$1,000 Raised
May 06, 2018

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are 25% of the way to my goal - 8 coats purchased!  See more
JD Teitelman

THE STORY:

On May 27th, I will be celebrating my 33rd year on this planet. Over those 33 years, I have been blessed to experience so much from preforming on the Newington High School stage, to going to school in Washington, DC and visiting all reaches of the world. 


As many of you know, I set a crazy goal to visit all 7 Continents before the age of 30, which I accomplished. Since then many of you have seen that I have continued to travel international, visiting over 10 more counties. What few people know is that for the past three years, I have committed my time and resources to improve the lives of people living in the DMV. 


In particular, I have working with organizations to improve low-income housing and end homelessness and childhood hunger in our area. My decision to support various organizations in these fields is for two reasons 1) I work in real estate, but 2) once the problem of housing and hunger are taken care of people are able to focus on other things. They are able to focus on their health, getting a job or reconnecting with their family. The number of success stories of people restarting their lives after getting permeant housing gives me hope of what we can do. Similarly, when children have full bellies they are able to do better in school, putting them on a path to end the vicious cycle of generational poverty. 


A few months ago, I came across The Empowerment Plan, an organization that manufactories coats for those who are homeless. What makes this coat so special is that it can be transformed into a sleep bag at night or worn as an over the shoulder bag when not in use. Therefore, this coat services multiple purposes. The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant jacket is constructed of durable, water resistant Cordura fabric from Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and other materials provided by generous donors. 


On top of making the coat, The Empowerment Plan they hire single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. Since their start, The Empowerment Plan provided employment to 39 homeless individuals—all of whom have now secured permanent housing for themselves and their families—and distributed over 20,000 coats to those in need across the U.S. and Canada. This Detroit based nonprofit organization focuses on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness on multiple different front. 


For those who know me, I don't really make a big deal of my birthday. Its just another day that normally lands around Memorial Day. This year is different. My wish for my birthday is to donate 33 coats to people in need throughout the DMV. This is where I will need your help. Please consider donating to help me provide someone in the DMV a coat to keep them warm. Each coat costs $125 to produce. I'll cover the cost to ship to the area. 


I know raising money to purchase 33 coats is a big task especially at $125 apiece. However, so was traveling to all 7 Continents before the age of 30. If I could do that, I can donate 33 coats. 


Thank you in advance for your support. 


JD


 To learn more about the awsome coat, see their website: http://www.empowermentplan.org/the-coat

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$1,233

MONEY RAISED
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  • Aunt c and uncle g

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Robert Schwartz & Shana Brand

    $50

  • Chris Guizlo & Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo

    $50

  • Madeline McCarthy

    $50

  • David and Diana

    $125

  • Douglass Reale

    $25

  • Cat & Ernie Smith

    $125

  • Jaime Brown

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $35

  • Lori Anderson

    $25

  • Carol Foster

    $33.33

  • Manda

     

  • Tutu Jones

     

  • Cailene Brown

    $125

  • Naomi Albani-Ethier

    $57

  • Greg Simmons

    $25

  • Sharlene, Peter, Luke, and Ethan

    $133

  • Lynda Teitelman

    $50

  • Chris Kinson

    $25

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30% Raised of $4,125 Goal

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The Team: $1,233 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Chris Kinson

Chris Kinson

DONATION: $25

1 week ago

Lynda Teitelman

Lynda Teitelman

DONATION: $50

1 week ago

Sharlene, Peter, Luke, and Ethan

Sharlene, Peter, Luke, and Ethan

DONATION: $133

2 weeks ago

Greg Simmons

Greg Simmons

DONATION: $25

2 weeks ago

Naomi Albani-Ethier

Naomi Albani-Ethier

DONATION: $57

2 weeks ago

Cailene Brown

Cailene Brown

DONATION: $125

3 weeks ago

Tutu Jones

Tutu Jones

3 weeks ago

Manda

Manda

4 weeks ago

Carol Foster

Carol Foster

DONATION: $33.33

Happy (early) birthday, JD! 4 weeks ago

Lori Anderson

Lori Anderson

DONATION: $25

4 weeks ago